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Answers to your Covid-19 vaccination questions

Whānau are getting vaccinated because it provides the most effective protection against COVID-19.

The higher our vaccination rates, the harder it is for the virus to spread. High vaccination rates give our whānau more freedom and enable the health system to focus on the other things we need it to do.

When we get vaccinated, we also protect people in our community who can’t get immunised.

The vaccine works like other vaccines. It teaches the immune system to recognise and fight the virus.

It can’t give you the disease because it does not contain the virus, or a dead or inactivated virus, or anything that can affect our DNA.

The vaccine is gone completely from your body within a few days, leaving your immune system ready for action if COVID-19 comes near you.

It took a global effort to create the COVID-19 vaccines. But we didn’t start from scratch. Similar research into another virus (known as SARS) was already underway.

Other things helped.

  • Large amounts of funding were invested in research and manufacturing.
  • New technology was available.
  • Researchers, scientists and manufacturers around the world worked together.

As a result, the vaccines could be made faster, while still making sure they went through all the safety checks.

  • You will be asked to provide your details and to give consent.
  • A fully trained vaccinator will give you the vaccine in your upper arm.
  • You will need to stay for 15 minutes after being vaccinated.
  • The vaccine and booster shots are free.
  • Some mild side effects are common and are a sign your body is learning to fight the virus. Visit the Unite Against COVID-19 website for further information about common side effects.

Anyone aged 5 years or older can get a vaccination now.